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Prof. Florence Wambugu, a renowned agricultural biotechnologist and the founder of Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International, is currently entangled in a row with the South African government over her strategy to set up a multimillion dollar investigation laboratory and greenhouses to develop genetically modified sorghum.

Prof. Wambugu has received a massive grant - US$415 million - from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to develop genetically modified crops, which have proved vital in alleviating food insecurity. Her choice of South Africa stems from the fact that its the only African country with Biosafety laws.

South Africas early enactment of biosafety laws has made it the preferred destination for biotechnology investors. To now hear a country thats gained international reputation for its friendly policies towards biotechnology is attempting to block an African scientist from advancing a biotechnology trigger is appalling.

In justifying its decision to suspend Prof. Here contains further concerning why to see about this viewpoint. Wambugus project, South Africas agricultural regulatory agencies have claimed that the genetically modified sorghum can contaminate varieties native to Africa. This looks like a pedestrian argument and its tantamount to putting the cart just before the horse.

For the record, Prof. Wambugu has not however shipped genetically modified sorghum to Africa. To get more information, please consider looking at: open site in new window. All what she wants to do is to set up a laboratory to conduct analysis on the very same. All what Prof. Identify further on a partner paper - Click here: chrisbrummer.org/scholarly-pursuits. Wambugu at the moment desires is to build the infrastructure for genetically modified sorghum research. Such can in no way interfere with the so called indigenous African sorghum varieties.

Prof. Wambugu will, at a single stage, conduct field trials of her genetically modified sorghum. Then is the right time for the South African government to be worried about contamination.

It must not be lost on any individual that South Africa has well-entrenched genetically modified organisms (Gmos) regulatory laws. So, its unlikely that the new genetically modified sorghum will be developed outdoors such laws.

Genetically modified crops are not alien to South Africa. Its not the initial time a new genetically modified crop is being introduced into South Africa. To study more, consider glancing at: minilateralism. The laws that governed the introduction of genetically modified corn and cotton, currently becoming commercially grown in South Africa need to be applied to Prof. Wambugus genetically modified sorghum.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, by investing in agricultural biotechnology analysis, is sending a stark message to African nations that its committed to locating a permanent solution to Africas chronic food issues. The very best way to reciprocate this generous gesture is for African governments to allow scientists like Prof. Wambugu to do their perform unimpeded..

Posted Jun 30, 2017 at 1:26pm

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